Job posting: Director of Programs, Bridges for Women

Bridges has been providing life-changing programs to women overcoming the effects of trauma and abuse since 1988. Bridges inspires women affected by trauma, violence or abuse to reclaim their lives and build financial security through our healing, education and employment programs. Our services are open to all women (transgender and cisgender), non-binary, and two-spirit people who identify as a part of the women’s community and who have been impacted by violence or trauma at any time in their lives.

Bridges for Women Society seeks a dynamic and people-oriented Director of Programs to support our vibrant pre-employment programs. The candidate will have the ability to manage staff, develop and direct funding agreements and program budgets, identify change requirements, and provide oversight for programming in the agency. The successful candidate embodies professionalism, collaboration, strong interpersonal skills, strategic thinking, and superb people management skills.

The Director of Programs’ key responsibilities include:

  • Leading overall program planning, promotion, implementation, and evaluation while setting program goals that are aligned with the organization’s strategic direction
  • Managing a diverse team of professionals, responsible for all areas of people management
  • Collaborating with the Bridges team and external funders on a variety of contract management initiatives and funding proposals
  • Developing and managing budgets including revenue forecasting and reporting
  • Contributing to the leadership team with operational management, strategic new initiatives and program planning
  • Engaging in community and stakeholder relationships that drive the organization’s strategic plan forward


The Right Fit

  • You believe in the potential of women, lifelong learning, and integrated leadership that balances emotional support with accountability.
  • Your strengths are in people management, program management, strategic thinking and working collaboratively to achieve common goals.
  • You have a degree in social work, counselling psychology, education or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • You also have certification and/or professional facilitation experience with trauma-informed practices.


We acknowledge with respect the traditional territories on which Bridges for Women is located are the lands of the Ləkʷəŋən peoples (Esquimalt and Songhees nations). We also offer programs and services in the territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, and Tseycum nations), Malahat (Mill Bay), Pacheedaht (Port Renfrew), Scia’new (Beecher Bay), and T’Sou-ke (Sooke) peoples. Through our partnership with the North Island Employment Foundations Society, we also deliver online programs in the traditional territories of the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish peoples.

We aim to have the Bridges staff team reflect the participants we serve. We encourage self-identified women, non-binary people, and two-spirit people who identify with the women’s community to join our team. We value diversity and lived experience, and enthusiastically welcome applicants who identify as Indigenous, racialized, a person with a disability, and/or a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

A full job description can be found on the Bridges for Women website –

Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to patricia @ Applications submitted via recruiting websites (including Indeed) and social media platforms will not be considered. No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will remain open until filled.